Ness Ziona, March 21, 2018, CollPlant (NASDAQ:CLGN, TASE:CLGN), a regenerative medicine company utilizing its proprietary plant-based rhCollagen technology for tissue repair products (recombinant human, “rhCollagen”), today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017 and provided an update on the Company’s business developments.
“During the fourth quarter of 2017, we made significant progress in advancing our 3D-bio printing business. Specifically, our development activities with various biotechnology and medical device companies continued to move forward, as planned. Of note, during the fourth quarter of 2017 and through the first quarter of 2018, we were pleased to have supplied both first and repeat orders of our rhCollagen-based BioInk to a leading, multinational biotechnology company, for the development of organs bioprinting technology. During the fourth quarter of 2017, we also initiated development of a 3D‑bioprinted orthopedic implant prototype, leveraging our rhCollagen‑based BioInk, for a leading medical device company,” said Yehiel Tal, CollPlant’s Chief Executive Officer.
“During the first quarter of 2018, we were honored to announce that CollPlant is part of the Regenerative Medicine Development Organization’s (ReMDO) advanced biomanufacturing initiative for the development of a universal BioInk with tunable properties for 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs. This important bioink initiative includes 18 leading research and industry organizations, as well as thought leaders in the field of 3D bioprinting, specializing in printing technologies, biomaterials and application research,” noted Mr. Tal.
“During the past year, CollPlant expanded its activities within the aesthetic field with the development of a next generation of dermal fillers based on our rhCollagen. We are now actively pursuing collaborations with key companies in this field,” added Mr. Tal.
“Additionally, during 2017, we continued to penetrate the European market with sales of our two first products, Vergenix™STR for the treatment of tendinopathy, and Vergenix™FG, a wound filler, for treatment of acute and chronic wounds. Over time, we have received positive feedback from physicians who have treated patients with both of these products and we are working to continue to penetrate the market. We are pleased to note, that, recently, Arthrex GmbH, which distributes our Vergenix™ STR product in combination with its ACP-Tendo, presented promising treatment results based on a European case series, including patients with injuries involving the rotator cuff, Achilles tendon, Perneal tendon, Tibialis tendon and Common extensor tendon,” concluded Mr. Tal.
Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 were NIS 952,000 ($275,000), an increase of 375% compared to NIS 200,000 ($58,000) for the fourth quarter of 2016.
Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2017 was NIS 900,000 ($260,000), an increase of 348% compared to NIS 200,000 ($58,000) in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Research and development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017, net of participations, were NIS 2.98 million ($859,000), an increase of 42% compared to NIS 2.11 million ($608,000) for the fourth quarter of 2016.
General, administrative and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 were NIS 4.11 million ($1.19 million), a decrease of 19% compared to NIS 5.04 million ($1.45 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016.
Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 was NIS 6.19 million ($1.78), an increase of 11% compared to NIS 6.95 million ($2.00 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016.
The Company posted a comprehensive loss of NIS 5.91 million ($1.70 million), or NIS 0.04 ($0.01) per share, for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to a net loss of NIS 7.05 million ($2.03 million), or NIS 0.07 ($0.02) per share, for the fourth quarter of 2016.
Year Ended December 31, 2017 Financial Results
Revenues from sale of VergenixFG, VergenixSTR, and our Bioink in the year ended December 31, 2017 were NIS 1.67 million ($481,000), an increase of 472%, compared to NIS 292,000 ($84,000) in the year ended December 31, 2016.
Gross profit for the year 2017 was NIS 1.62 million ($466,000), an increase of 455% compared to NIS 292,000 ($84,000) for the year ended December 31, 2016.
Research and development expenses for year 2017, net of participations, were NIS 14.07 million ($4.06 million), a decrease of 16% compared to NIS 16.79 million ($4.84 million) for the year ended December 31, 2016.
General, administrative and marketing expenses for the year 2017 were NIS 8.30 million ($2.39 million), a decrease of 25% compared to NIS 11.05 million ($3.19 million) for the year ended December 31, 2016.
Operating loss for the year 2017 was NIS 20.75 million ($5.99 million), a decrease of 25% compared to NIS 27.54 million ($7.94 million) for the year ended December 31, 2016.
Comprehensive loss was NIS 20.88 million ($6.02 million), or NIS 0.16 ($0.05) per share, for the year 2017 compared to a net loss of NIS 27.89 million ($8.04 million), or NIS 0.28 ($0.08) per share, for the year ended December 31, 2016.
Balance Sheet Highlights
As of December 31, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of NIS 17.82 million ($5.14 million), compared to NIS 3.80 million ($1.10 million) as of December 31, 2016. The increase was mainly due to NIS 32.39 million ($9.34 million) in proceeds generated by financing activities. The Company utilized NIS 17.88 million ($5.16 million) in cash to fund its operating activities during 2017.
For the convenience of the reader, the amounts have been translated from NIS into U.S. dollars, at the representative rate of exchange as of December 31, 2017 (U.S. $1 = NIS 3.467).
The Company’s consolidated financial results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 are presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
CollPlant is a regenerative medicine company focused on 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs, and on developing and commercializing tissue repair products for orthobiologics, and advanced wound care markets. Our products are based on our rhCollagen (recombinant human collagen) that is produced with CollPlant’s proprietary plant based genetic engineering technology.
Our products address indications for diverse fields of organ and tissue repair, and are ushering in a new era in regenerative medicine. Our flagship rhCollagen BioInk product line is ideal for 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs, and our unique Vergenix line of rhCollagen products includes a soft tissue repair matrix for treating tendinopathy and a wound repair matrix to promote a rapid optimal healing of acute and chronic wounds.
For more information about CollPlant, visit http://www.collplant.com
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in other filings that Collplant has made and may make with the SEC in the future. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release and reflect CollPlant’s current views with respect to future events, and Collplant does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
For more information about CollPlant, visit http://www.collplant.com
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